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ERP for the Electronic Manufacturing Industry

ERP Software for High Tech and Electronic Manufacturers

High tech and electronics companies face some of the most dynamic challenges of any industry. Not only do they compete on how rapidly they can develop and launch new innovative products, they must do so under fierce global competition. Product life cycles have shortened dramatically over recent years with the advent of new technologies, shifting customer preferences and global competition. The most common element in their environment is change, change and more change.

What Makes the Electronic Manufacturing Market Unique?

Change, Change, and More Change

Change, Change, and More Change

Change and diminishing prices do not make for an easy environment for lean, efficient manufacturing operations. Yet, to fail on either factor, can spell disaster for the offending company. High tech and electronics companies need to learn agility and speed as top priorities. Incorporating change as a normal business practice means finding tools that can support and even help to lead these priorities. Frozen software, without natural abilities to adapt to every situation, can slow time to market, create inefficient operations, and erase a company from its market.

As an example, high tech and electronics companies must be able to mix different models (lean, Kanban, MRP, MES, etc.) and to apply those models in various modes (MTS, ATO, CTO, BTO, ETO). There isn’t always one route to the best results, but not having a choice is always worse. The secret is to always have the ability to match to the needs of the customer, product, and internal capabilities.

Supply Chain Realities

Supply Chain Realities

High tech electronics manufacturers also face challenging environments in their supply chains. Components become instantly unavailable, lead times change frequently, and parts are sourced from an abnormally large set of vendors. This all makes for a complex, rapidly changing situation at every moment. High tech electronics manufacturers need better controls, and better visibility into their supplier activities. Communications must be accurate, confirmed, and automatic. EDI, supplier portals, bar coded components are a few of the required tools.

Why WorkWise ERP?

Why WorkWise ERP?

WorkWise ERP software is the most flexible and adaptable product on the market and we have been serving customers in the high tech electronics industry for over 15 years. From the arrangement of screens to match the exact task (instead of to some programmers design vision), to selecting the optimal methods to run by, to application of real time bar codes across the business, and on to flexible information in alerts, performance monitoring, and reporting, WorkWise ERP is the choice for high tech electronics manufacturers.

WorkWise ERP Software for Electronic Manufacturers

+- Challenges Faced by High Tech and Electronics Manufacturers

Highly Competitive

  • Highly competitive market
  • Remain profitable in a low margin, price-deflated environment
  • Product innovation from competitors

Fast Growth

  • Large foreign potential markets
  • Customer thirst for new products and features
  • Highly competitive market
  • Some processes are highly capital intensive
  • Time to market


  • Adopt frequent customer and technology change, while maintaining efficient operations
  • Fast product innovations that can make products obsolete overnight
  • Control of product design changes
  • Time to market for customized products and variations
  • Need for communication, collaboration and integration with the value chain
  • Fast innovation cycles, short product lifecycles
  • Fast paced changes- technologies, materials, electronics
  • Regulatory changes
  • Need to collaborate with suppliers, engineers, and customers
  • Product, material, and technology obsolescence

Supply Chain

  • Complex supply chains
  • Extensive inventories and complex warehouse operations
  • Multiple subcontractors and outsourcing for components
  • Need for supply and demand visibility
  • Poor forecast accuracy
  • Fluctuating raw material prices
  • Unreliable suppliers
  • Poor delivery performance
  • Need to outsource
  • Poor insights into supplier activities


  • Comply with local and international environmental and safety regulations
  • Regulatory Compliance such as Quality System Regulation
  • ISO9001/ISO9002 (Quality System-Model for Quality Assurance)
  • Need for better product quality
  • Rising number of legal and regulatory requirements – alignment and accountability, external and internal disclosures, risk mitigation
  • Manage product and parts traceability
  • Minimize risk of defects and product recalls
  • Lifecycle quality-birth to death


  • Balance inventory investment with customer service level targets
  • High levels of obsolete inventory
  • High overhead costs
  • Customer demand for lower prices
  • Customer demands for more features, functions and solutions
  • Rising material costs
  • High inventory levels
  • Push for lower total cost of ownership for the product
  • Inefficient operations


  • Large number components and operations in products
  • Variety in features, functions, and special orders
  • Longer and larger supply chains
  • Manage outsourced manufacturing
  • Plan, execute and control production based on a wide variety of manufacturing modes

Total Solutions

  • Need for high levels of aftermarket service
  • Need for high levels of technical support
  • Manage and track warranties, warranty claims and returns
  • Customer mandated solutions- birth to death
  • Requirement for readily available aftermarket parts
  • Mandated full warranty coverage and extended time coverage
  • Quicker turnaround for quotes and estimates
  • Better customer service
  • Focus on product performance rather than features, functions
  • Instant availability of support and repair documentation
  • Call centers with access to product traceability

+- WorkWise ERP Key Features for High Tech and Electronics Manufacturers

Mixed Modes

  • Make to stock
  • Assemble to order
  • Build to order
  • Configure to order
  • Repeat and tweak
  • Engineer to order

Mixed Methods

  • Lean Manufacturing
  • Kanban
  • MRP & MPS
  • JIT
  • 5s
  • MES
  • Role based manufacturing
  • TQM, Six Sigma, Kaizen


  • Engineering change orders
  • Quality management system
  • CAPA, ISO 9000/9001
  • Document management
  • Supplier score carding

Product Life Cycle Management

  • Customer portal
  • CRM-Customer
  • Product configuration
  • Document and file management
  • Engineering change orders
  • Multi-level Bill of Materials
  • Supplier traceability
  • Product serial no., batch/lot, component, device traceability
  • As built BOM and routing
  • Build histories
  • Quality archives
  • CRM-Support
  • Warranty
  • Recalls
  • Component to parent/inheritance
  • RMA’s

Customer Service

  • Quoting and estimating
  • Complex orders
  • Product configuration
  • Copy and tweak order creation
  • Direct Fulfillment
  • Available to promise
  • Customer portal
  • Customer relationship manager

After Market Sales and Support

  • CRM-Call center
  • eCommerce
  • Warranty
  • Customer portal

Manufacturing Execution

  • Product configuration
  • Visual scheduling
  • Shop Floor Control
  • Alerts and exceptions
  • Work in process manager
  • Asset utilization manager, CMMS/EAM
  • Mobile data collection
  • Kanban
  • Kaizen
  • 5s
  • Performance management
  • Human resource management

Supply Chain

  • Inventory management
  • Supplier portal
  • Purchasing
  • Bill of material
  • Engineering change orders
  • JIT
  • Warehouse management

Cost Management

  • Job cost
  • Standard cost
  • Multi-layered cost application

Production planning

  • Material requirements planning
  • Master scheduling
  • Product configuration
  • Available to promise
  • Lot traceability

Finance and Accounting

  • Accounts receivable
  • Cash Receipts
  • Human resources
  • Performance management
  • Accounting management
  • Time and attendance
  • Document Management

+- WorkWise ERP Software Additional Key Features & Functions

  • Multi-level passwords with logs and audit trails (GMP compliance)
  • Electronic Data Interchange (EDI)
  • Multi-currency, international shipping
  • Cycle Count Management
  • Forward and backward lot traceability
  • Electronic signatures with transaction audit traceability
  • Role based screens and applications
  • Blanket purchase orders
  • Document archiving
  • Asset purchased and tracking system
  • Back flushing
  • Rules based configurations
  • Alternate work centers/routings
  • Kitting
  • Cumulative lead time
  • Cost application of design, research and other special costs
  • Business intelligence
  • Modular design capability
  • Rules based quotations and configurations
  • Sales order to job link
  • What-if quotes and costing
  • Available to promise
  • Shop order explosion
  • Matrix bills
  • Features and options
  • Multi-level pricing
  • Smooth forecast error
  • Substitutes and alternatives
  • Family forecasting
  • Serialized inventory
  • Attribute management
  • Real-Time Shop Floor Tracking by Bar Code
  • EDI Connectivity
  • RMA Tracking and Authorization

+- WorkWise ERP Solution Benefits

Control of Innovation/Change

  • Improved lifecycle management
  • Better control over design changes
  • Cut time to market
  • Tight control of engineering change orders
  • Ability to respond quicker to changes
  • Tight alignment of engineering and manufacturing
  • Improve Supply Chain
  • Strengthen inventory and warehouse management with use of barcode technology
  • Improved supply chain management and cost control
  • Synchronize your entire supply chain
  • Collaborate with your trading partners in real time
  • Continuous supply chain visibility in the forecast, purchase order, and invoice areas

Improve Quality

  • Easy to comply and track all regulation and compliance requirements
  • Complete product and component traceability, serial no., batch/lot, component
  • Improved quality with Kaizen, TQM
  • Improve Productivity
  • Improved lead times and reduce waste through implementation of lean strategies
  • Improved collaboration and relationship with the customers, engineers, and suppliers
  • Ability to handle multiple planning models, configurations
  • Better visibility into all aspects of your operations
  • Precise execution throughout the business
  • Real time feedback to stay on top of all activities and performance
  • Enhanced productivity for the shop floor
  • Optimize production capacity

Improve Margins

  • Make fast and accurate decisions based on real-time data
  • Insights into accurate product costs with full view and application methods
  • Improved pricing mechanisms
  • Differentiate products with added services.

Improve Customer Service

  • Ease of doing business for the customer
  • Flexibility in adapting products to specific customer wishes
  • Better customer fill-rates and delivery promises
  • Effective aftermarket sales and support
  • Extend value add programs (solutions)

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All aspects of our company are now running through our ERP software. Having everyone work out of the same system and not have multiple programs that you have to jump back and forth through, has allowed us to get more done in less time.

Gary Volz

Software Developer


One of the main benefits we’ve experienced using WorkWise ERP is being able to get meaningful information we can use, versus getting data that requires more work to get the answers you’re looking for. The data is integrated and streamlined for efficient use which keeps our fixed costs lower and allows us to invest our capital into building better products.

Michael Ray



It doesn’t take all day to do our schedule anymore. Also, the Performance Management WorkBench lets us see what information we want to see, and what time we want to see it, in a nice visual way. Item Planning is also great. It’s so easy to look up specific information related to whatever we need to see.

Kelly Crowell

AMI President

American Metal Fab

What’s really nice is having everything in one package. My financials are in the same package as manufacturing and customer orders. Everything integrates seamlessly. Bringing in inventory management has been a huge benefit for us. Being able to jump between workbenches and different points of data has been really nice.

Pam Reynolds

Chief Financial Officer


I would highly recommend WorkWise to other companies. It’s cost competitive, the Cloud ERP implementation has been great, the people have been great. WorkWise bends over backwards to help us. We feel that they’re on our side.

Don Lavrenz

President and CEO

The Industrial Controls Company

WorkWise has been a true leader in our ability to drive process change and productivity enhancement, and to assist us in our lean capabilities.

Jim Moldenhauer

IT Manager


I would definitely recommend WorkWise ERP to anyone looking to improve their manufacturing processes. We’ve been utilizing the software for 20 years and have never regretted our decision.

Chris Reid


Service Stampings

WorkWise spent a lot of time with us in order to understand our manufacturing process. We’re fairly unique, and there’s not that many companies in the world that do what we do. WorkWise really made us feel like they understood what we were doing and where we were going.

Dave Manahan

Business Process Improvement Director


The team at WorkWise is phenomenal. I highly recommend WorkWise ERP to any company looking to improve their processes, improve their efficiency, become more productive and work with a company who really gets to know them and understands what they’re going through.

Mike Campise

IT Systems Specialist